The Improvement Courses Allowance Act of July 1, 1963 enables employees under the age of 40 to be absent from work on the days on which, with a view to their intellectual, moral or cultural education, they attend a course run by a youth organization or trade union, with or without the co-operation of employers. In addition, all employees, without any age restriction, are entitled to be absent from work each year for a number of hours fixed by collective agreement, in order to pursue a course organized by an evening or weekend educational institution for the purpose of upgrading their occupational skills. See paid educational leave .
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